Since 1973, Munich’s Inhorgenta fair has been showcasing novelties in the watches, jewelry, gemstones and related genres. This year the jewelry fair took place from 20 to 23 February. Below examples from authentic designers in hall C 2.
Tilburg / The Netherlands / leenheyne.nl / Inhorgenta Munich Hall C2 Stand 206
Dutch designer Leen Heyne crafted this handmade bangle by pressing, folding and hammering a single strip of gold, using a technique that he gradually developed over many years of practice. The gold’s weight and rich color remind Heyne of an ancient treasure. This bangle was one of his first models, which he initially made from silver, but “after several years of experience, I’m finally able to make it in the harder material of 750 gold,” Heyne says. It’s interesting to see how successfully Heyne works with the Möbius strip, which sparks enthusiasm among all those who study it. But this designer shapes his double hoop in a contemporary, emotional and artistically impressive form. Last but not least, this piece of jewelry perfectly complements the theme of the current issue of Art Aurea: we can readily imagine that this bangle will indeed “grow old in beauty.”
Violetta Elisa Seliger
Bonn / Germany / violettaelisaseliger.de / Inhorgenta Munich Hall C2 Stand 212
Düsseldorf / Germany / claudia-hoppe.de / Inhorgenta Munich Hall C2 Stand 319
The anthropologist Gregory Bateson famously declared, “It takes two to know one.” This is also the sense in which Claudia Hoppe designs her bangles, which are simultaneously autonomous sculptures that make their dynamic statements by interacting with their wearers’ bodies. Each wearer is the partner for an exciting dialogue between minimalist geometry and the organic lines of a female body. When the jewelry is worn, the two unite to form a single, well-balanced whole in which the opposites reflect each other’s power and beauty.
Ahaus / Germany / jutta-ulland.de / Inhorgenta Munich Hall C2 Stand 224
Jutta Ulland has developed rings to match the pendants and ear studs in her Dreh dich…im Kreis (turn yourself in a circle) collection. Smaller bands seem to spin out of a frame and to move into the interior of the circle. Each turn intensifies the depth of these elegant pieces of jewelry. In all variants, the outer circle conveys a feeling of serenity and forms a firm frame. The wearer can choose to leave space free for her turn or to fill the entire circle. New at Inhorgenta 2015: the Flammenspiel (play of flames) collection, where “the spectrum ranges from a delicate flame to a blazing fire.” Let it spark your enthusiasm!
Keltern / Germany / evastrepp.de / Inhorgenta Munich Hall C2 Stand 317
The Twin armlet again proves the innovativeness with which Eva Strepp stages pearls in modern jewelry. The variably sized armlet adapts to slip over hands of all widths and to fit perfectly around the arm. Twin has no visible fastening and can be slid freely up or down the arm. After overcoming the breadth of the hand, the stainless steel hoop elastically returns to its original shape. The pearls serve as a stabile guide. Small pearls enhance the wearing comfort and form a counterpoise to the closure’s large pearls. For purists, the model with the Tahitian pearl embodies the idea in its clearest, most reduced form.
Karola Torkos / Sabine Müller
sabine-mueller.com / karakola.com / Inhorgenta Munich Hall C2 Stand 122/223
Karola Torkos’s jewelry can be characterized as minimalist, variably wearable and full of playful lightness, while Sabine Müller’s pieces can be pertinently described as “cubistically sculptural.” This year marks the two designers’ fourth collaborative presentation of their jewelry at Inhorgenta.
Freiburg / Germany / gerullis-seliger.de / Inhorgenta Munich Hall C2 Stand 212
Distinctive accents are created by the new bangles that Gerullis-Seliger is showing at Inhorgenta 2015 in Munich. The balance between painterly gesture and clearly constructed, rhythmically repeating lines, stripes and signs succeeds skillfully and easily. The determining feature is the alternation between expressive, dynamically texturedsurfaces in vibrant white and rich yellow, cool silver and the incomparable warmth of fine gold. With their jewelry, both Heidi Gerullis-Seliger and Reiner Seliger move experimentally in the charged field between fine art and applied art. Although these pieces of jewelry are created in small series, the experimental techniques give each item the character of a one-of-a-kind creation.
Stuttgart / Germany / nicole-walger.de / Inhorgenta Munich Hall C2 Stand 226
Duisburg / Germany / tanjafriedrichs.de / Inhorgenta Munich Hall C2 Stand 217
Several imitators tried to copy the way Tanja Friedrich uses pearl wire in her Reine Zierde (pure ornamentation) collection, but none have come close to her quality in design and craftsmanship. In Méridien de Perle, a pearl creates a quiet sound by swinging freely in a golden double circle around a ring of gallery wire. Poetry as accessory!
Step by Step
Thalwil / Switzerland / stepbystep.ch / Inhorgenta Munich Hall C2 Stand 422
Düsseldorf / Germany / schulte-hengesbach.com / Inhorgenta Munich Hall B1 Stand 205/306
Barbara Schulte-Hengesbach is synonymous with constructive clarity united with elegance and symbolism. She’s also well known as a maker of kinetic jewelry. Together with Claudia Schmedding and Andreas Lehmann, this Düsseldorf-based designer now has two capable young partners who share her philosophy at her side. The Orbit collection unites three or four ellipses or orbits to produce a spatial piece of jewelry. This instantaneously creates a complex form which originates from a simple circle. For the Rosen (roses) collection, a single sophisticatedly wound strip of gold suffices to embody a rose, full of emotional depth and subtle poetry. Sternenstaub (stardust) glitters with a unique combination of materials: namely, yellow gold and the high-tech ceramic substance silicon carbide. Fired at 2,500°C for five days, it’s one of the hardest materials in existence.
Freiburg / Germany / franziska-rappold.de / Inhorgenta Munich Hall C2 Stand 214
Berlin / Germany / rahel-fiebelkorn.de / Inhorgenta Munich Hall C2 Stand 304/405
Arnhem / The Netherlands / cardillac.nl / Inhorgenta Munich Hall C2 Stand 200
The Spanish Dancer ring was inspired by the homonymous marine snail. The rarely encountered Spanish dancer of the sea is a beautiful, vividly red creature. Crafted from gold with diamonds, the elegantly curving ring calls to mind the movements of a dancer on a dance floor, where she attracts everyone’s admiring gaze. The company’s name likewise has a poetic source: established in 1988, Cardillac is named after the goldsmith Cardillac in E.T.A. Hoffman’s novel Mademoiselle de Scudéri.
Monmouth / Great Britain / ateliergilmar.com / Inhorgenta Munich Hall C2 Stand 222
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